As an elementary school teacher, one of the most common challenges I face in the classroom is helping students overcome their fear of mathematics. It is disheartening to see how the beliefs and misconceptions about math can impact a child’s confidence and performance in school. One of the reasons why this happens is because they have been exposed to math myths that have been circulating for years.
These myths discourage them from pursuing the subject, and create a mindset that is difficult to overcome. In our tutoring programs at Dropkick Math Academy, we work with students to boost their confidence and help them overcome the beliefs they may hold in math.
In today’s discussion, we will delve into the three most common math myths and expose the truth behind them.
The 3 Top Math Myths
Myth #1 – Believing you are not good at math
This is the biggest myth that people believe. How many times have you heard someone say, “I am just not good at math?” The myth has blossomed into the idea that you are either naturally good or bad at math, but that simply isn’t true. Everyone can be good at math with the right learning experience.
Math can be a daunting subject for a child, especially if they’ve had previous negative experiences with it. However, what if their struggles with math were due to a past learning environment that didn’t work for the way they learn? What if they’re actually good at math, and all they need is a supportive environment that adapts to their needs and learning pace? Enter Dropkick Math Academy.
Our small classes are taught by passionate faculty who develop a personalized educational experience tailored to each student’s learning style. We believe that effective teaching requires a malleable approach that adapts to the individual needs of each student. Our supportive tutors provide one-on-one attention to strengthen basic skills in a way that makes the most sense to our students. Dropkick Math Academy will give your child the confidence and skills to excel in math and beyond.
Myth #2 – Only boys are good at math
The notion that math is exclusively a man’s world is a widespread notion in our society, but it is far from reality. The truth is that math is for everyone, regardless of gender.
At Dropkick Math Academy, we believe in and actively promote gender equality in education, especially in STEM fields like mathematics. We are proud to have a success rate that disproves the notion that girls do not belong in math. Our female students are just as capable, skillful, and passionate as their male counterparts. We firmly believe that anyone talented, passionate about math and willing to put in the effort will undoubtedly excel in this subject.
At Dropkick Math Academy, we treat all our students equally and aim to instill confidence and proficiency in math, regardless of their gender.
Myth #3 – Math is not useful in everyday life
It’s a common myth that math is only useful in specific careers like accounting or engineering. In reality, math is present in almost all aspects of everyday life. From the motion of cars to the flow of current in our electronic devices, mathematical equations help describe and predict these phenomena.
While children may not understand these examples, it is easy to show them how they use math in their daily lives. Next time they want some candy or a piece of pizza, show them how to divide up the pieces among different people. This can help them understand number sense and fractions.
There are many other ways to show children how math is used in daily life. From baking to grocery shopping, you can help open your child’s eyes to the practical uses of mathematics daily. Check out our blog, which is all about finding math in everyday life!
When discussing math with a child, it is also important to mention that it is also not limited to certain fields or careers. With proper training and skills in math, they can easily transfer to various industries such as data science, business administration, and even fashion design! So, next time your child asks why they need to learn math, remind them of the broad and practical applications of math in their day-to-day life.
A Boost In Confidence And Willingness To Learn
As I have explained, these math myths are not true. The earlier these math myths are discussed with a child, the better. When a child understands that they are just as good at math as anyone else and that they have the potential to excel in the subject, they will begin to experience a boost in confidence and a willingness to learn.
At Dropkick Math Academy, our math learning techniques help children become engaged in their education. All of our programs involve game-based learning and offer a fun and exciting way to learn math operations.
All of our math tutoring programs are taught by certified Ontario teachers who understand math anxiety and know how to approach students who may believe any of these math myths. We have excellent success with students who enter our program with math anxiety and feeling of dread when faced with math operations. With a little compassion and understanding, we can help boost their confidence and get them into a better mindset where they will want to learn and participate in math once again!
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